Cerner Reviews

Updated 24 October 2014
Updated 24 October 2014
712 Reviews
3.5
712 Reviews
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Cerner Chairman, CEO & President Neal L. Patterson
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Review Highlights

Pros
  • They will make you work at least 65 hours a week, no work life balance at all (in 20 reviews)

  • Cerner is a great place to learn something about anything you maybe interested in (in 40 reviews)


Cons
  • In many positions there is no such thing as work-life balance (in 72 reviews)

  • In hand is less than expected, some times high workload you have to work for long hours, (in 65 reviews)

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  1.  

    Not a bad place to work!

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technical Architect
    Current Employee - Technical Architect

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Great Training and support for employees to grow their knowledge.

    Cons

    None specifically - general frustration with staffing levels and recruitment approaches

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Need to work lower down heirachy to understand stresses and strains of teams.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  2. 1 person found this helpful  

    Cerner

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Solutions Delivery Consultant in London, England
    Former Employee - Solutions Delivery Consultant in London, England

    I worked at Cerner

    Pros

    The environment, it's a fast paced structure where promotion is possible from within for anybody, the reward of your hard work is not always recognized but it's a great feeling to be part of the healthcare revolution.

    Cons

    I would say that the main downside of working at Cerner is the compensation policy and transparency.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be more transparent about the compensation scheme.

    Approves of CEO
  3. 2 people found this helpful  

    As an experienced hire - know your worth & be sure to negotiate suitable salary on entry

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Engagement Leader in London, England
    Current Employee - Engagement Leader in London, England

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    Recognition of hard work and abilities by providing opportunities to develop & grow, by progressing/moving into senior roles (however this is often for min 1 year min for no additional pay)

    Cons

    1) 'Pay for Performance' concept is not always delivered as deserved at annual review 2) Empty promises to staff 3) Giving staff "opportunities" to grow often lead to staff being taken advantage of and not being compensated for more than 1 + year, regardless of being fully competent and performing in the role (Note & beware - annual reviews & increases occur in SEPT/OCT, rather than usual Jan or April!)

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    * Stop giving empty promises, it creates an untrusting environment. * Reward commitment & hardwork with earned & deserved 'pay for performance' incentives. * Employees are people, not numbers - ASK them first how they feel about moving projects, dont just assume its OK. Remember we want happy, satisfied staff

    Approves of CEO
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  5. 2 people found this helpful  

    Great people, shame about the money

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    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in London, England
    Current Employee - Technology Consultant in London, England

    I have been working at Cerner

    Pros

    There's a good atmosphere at Cerner. You get to work with a lot of great technologies, really see them applied in hospitals and get to meet clinical staff. In the UK, the atmosphere is relaxed and the focus is all on 'the project' - there's no petty politics like i've seen in some of my former jobs - team work does happen and it's great to be a part of. The people are friendly and sociable and the work is interesting.

    It terms of career progression, it's good. If you are good at your job, you'll see promotions fairly quickly. Management are keen to identify good talent.

    There is also a large emphasis on the initial training stages.

    Cons

    In terms of London - the compensation package is not adequate. I have known many colleagues leave after 18 months to move onto much higher salaries.

    I have seen a complete disregard for work-life balance. There are many work-aholics who think nothing of working late or over a weekend. There are no general policies for on-call (unless you are in particular support teams) and no 'days in lieu' policies.

    In terms of being a technologist - the core database scripting language is proprietary and no use if you move outside of Cerner hospital systems

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Review compensation packages.. Graduates in London can do a lot better and realise it. Put 'time in lieu' and on call policies in place.

    Recommends
    Approves of CEO
  6. 1 person found this helpful  

    best company

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)
    Current Employee - Software Engineer in Bangalore (India)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    good salary, vry good working environment, flexible timings, laptop is given to all empolyees, associates are given great facilities here. you will enjoy working here

    Cons

    no cons as such .. .. dont trust roumers about th company . no cons as such .. .. dont trust roumers about th company . no cons as such .. .. dont trust roumers about th company .

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  7.  

    Entrepreneurial ecosystem.

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I worked at Cerner full-time

    Pros

    Define your future. Choose your path. Friendly to helping staff locate their optimum position within the company. Very fluid company culture.

    Cons

    Demand on time is high. Work life balance can be challenging. Nevertheless, a great opportunity for entering the consulting field and getting trained quickly in the real world.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  8.  

    Great place for an intern

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    • Senior Management
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at Cerner as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Had a lot of great learning opportunities for all the interns at the company including hackathons, baseball games, trivia, and a bunch of other fun activities. Projects are a lot of fun (at least mine was) and I actually felt like I was working on something meaningful

    Cons

    Getting started was very slow. Making sure you had all the right equipment and access rights took a couple of weeks so you struggle to find things to do during the day.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Be prepared for incoming interns, make sure to have all their access rights and equipment ready on day one so they can get to work immediately

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  9.  

    It's worth it if you're up to it

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Velocity Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Former Employee - Velocity Software Engineer in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I worked at Cerner as an intern (less than an year)

    Pros

    Excellent Healthcare
    Company culture
    Good starting salary

    Cons

    A fair warning to the budding software developer: if the company courting you tosses out terms like "rockstar", "guru", or other hyperbolic buzzwords that make your developer desk job sound like you're going to be a programming god, be wary. This means that they are going to take advantage of your free time once they've got you on salary. I've seen my friends working until 9 PM some nights getting their tasks done. Sure, they're making a lot more than I am, but I value coming home while the sun is out.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  10.  

    Simply Amazing

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Kansas City, MO (US)
    Current Employee - Senior Analyst in Kansas City, MO (US)

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Great co-workers
    Consistently challenged to learn more and excel
    No day is the same

    Cons

    There are times where you have to spread your wings and fly before you feel you are ready. This can be good or bad, just depends on the situation, but it does cause a bit of anxiety/stress.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Encourage your reports to attend training sessions either internally or externally. The information absorbed and the networking opportunity is invaluable.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  11.  

    Integration Architect

    • Comp & Benefits
    • Work/Life Balance
    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Senior Integration Architect
    Current Employee - Senior Integration Architect

    I have been working at Cerner full-time (more than 10 years)

    Pros

    Cerner is a great company to work for. Over the years they have been very innovative and have changed with the market demands - somethings a bit late and other times on track. Their client and associate learning services offerings have come a long ways and are now very sophisticated and provide great value for investment.

    Cons

    It is very hard to get a Director promotion outside of living in Kansas City.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Don't lose the corporate culture by expanding too fast. Make sure that Siemens acquisition is done with some foresight.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    Approves of CEO

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